Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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Foodies of New York: Kafilah Muhammad

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Kafilah Muhammad

By Rachel Wells

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food.

Kafilah Muhammad is a high school senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy. The Brooklynite is a self-proclaimed avid reader, front-end web developer and, most importantly, a “big-time foodie.” In her spare time, she participates in various social justice projects, manages two blogs of her own and still finds time for African dancing. Next fall, she will attend Wesleyan University and plans to major in computer science with a focus on premed – “as a feminist I am motivated to close the gender gap in computer science.”

One of her favorite restaurants in the city is Gobo – a restaurant focused on food to satisfy all five senses. As a vegetarian, she loves the multitude of veggie dish options. When there, she orders the spiced bean curd and pepper stir-fry with Asian kale and brown rice. “The food is scrumptious and a great introduction to vegetarian food for anyone – not just vegetarians,” she says. Gobo NYC was recommended to her by one of her friends. She has tried many NYC food trucks but her sweet tooth ensures that Wafles & Dinges is her top choice every time. She orders a liege waffle with whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate drizzle.

Gobo's Soy Cutlet Platter (Photo Credit: Yelp)
Gobo’s Soy Cutlet Platter with black pepper sauce (food credit: Yelp)

Kafilah doesn’t order online very often, as she prefers eating in a restaurant, but added that ordering-in is simply more efficient for large orders. FoodtoEat’s ordering and catering options are vast and can accommodate a large order in advance – even from a food truck or an exclusive local restaurant.

She believes the plethora of options is natural in the city – “Food is part of NYC life and culture [because] the diverse population contributes to the food scene.” Like the rich and famous, NYC food has it all – “from Italian to Indian, you can literally find any type of food.” She suggests that all tourists try the Italian food from one of Eataly’s many restaurants because of their ability to transport you to Italy for the duration of your meal – “It was cozy and made [me] feel like I was visiting a family member’s house on vacation.” She commented on the over-all ambiance and gave it five stars on everything from lighting to the staff to the hand-made gluten free pastas. She is sure you’ll “fall in love” with the food at Eataly NYC.

Pizza at Eataly NYC (Photo Credit: New York Times)
Pizza at Eataly NYC (photo credit: NY Times)

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Soccer Star to Open Food Truck in Portland

Midfielder Sal Zizzo from the MLS’s Portland Timbers has recently announced plans to develop a food truck with friends, based upon his own Italian heritage. Zizzo’s family owns restaurants in San Diego’s Little Italy district, so Zizzo and a friend purchased a truck and have spent time learning about food preparation and developing a menu and logo for the new enterprise. Zizzo will still remain on the Portland Timbers, which is wrapping up it’s season, but will make appearances on the truck, stating that he would be around there sometimes working the stove.

Since mentioning the truck on Twitter, the truck has been developing significant buzz, and Zizzo plans to launch the truck in a week or two. The truck will be opening at a popular downtown food truck location, and Zizzo plans to bring the flavors from San Diego’s Little Italy to this new area.

Though his friend will be primarily operating the truck, Zizzo will play a significant role in its operations during the Timbers’ off-season. The Timbers’ coach John Spencer eagerly anticipates the opening of this truck, hoping to negotiate himself free lunch.

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